Houses and buildings in Dorset
There are all sorts of houses and buildings to visit in Dorset, from an Italian-inspired mansion and a ruined castle to quiet retreats. Discover new places to explore for a great day out with the family.
Find out more about the Bankes family home. Discover art treasures and look at how a large home was used by the family and their visitors who came to stay.
Thousand-year-old royal castle shaped by warfare
Explore the simple thatched cottage where Thomas Hardy was born and raised, and the surrounding woodland landscape that greatly influenced his work.
Designed by Thomas Hardy himself, Max Gate is where he wrote some of his greatest novels and poetry, and where he lived until his death in 1928.
Discover a monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy, built in 1844 and standing on an exposed location, above the village of Portesham.
Explore inside the cottage where Lawrence of Arabia, TE Lawrence, sat to write, read and relax away from army life, and discover the shed where he tended to his beloved motorbike.
In a peaceful corner of Dorset stands White Mill, nestled on the River Stour in the Kingston Lacy estate. Discover more about the last surviving mill on this stretch of the river.